Keep Talking

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There was a time when we didn’t talk about cancer.  My grandmother died of cancer before I was born, and my step grandmother died of cancer shortly after I was born.  But as I was growing up, there was always a mystery around these deaths. There was a stigma attached to cancer.  Saying the word was announcing a death, so we didn’t say the word. (more…)

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The Language of Suicide

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Suicide Survivor Support

Language is our primary means of communication.  Language flows from human experience and, ideally, our language accurately reflects our experience and thoughts. We go through something and then we search our vocabulary to find suitable words to describe that event.  (more…)

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Talk About It

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Coping with Mental Illness

Talk it out.  Whatever the issue, talk about it.  You don’t have to talk to everyone about it, but the common advice is to speak to someone you trust about it – whatever “it” is.  Don’t keep things bottled up inside you.  Eventually it will interfere with your life, rob you of spontaneity, make you guarded and fearful, isolate you, and probably, turn into anger, resentment, negativity, and failed relationships.  Pretty heavy consequences for not talking about it, right? (more…)

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It’s a Brain Disorder, Not a Character Defect

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Coping with Mental Illness

It’s not surprising, really.  Our bodies are extremely complex organisms, and our brain is the most complex organ in our body.  If something can go wrong with other parts of our bodies (diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, etc.), then something can also go wrong with our brain.  We are complex; we are also fragile. (more…)

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Medication Monitoring

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Coping with Mental Illness

Medication is a difficult issue with all forms of mental illness.  Getting a medication program in place can be frightening and frustrating.  How effective are they?  What is the right dosage?  What are the side effects?  How do people stay on the meds?  What is the long term impact? (more…)

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Welcome to the Karla Smith Foundation Blog

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We are happy to launch our Karla Smith Foundation blog which will feature insights, thoughts, reactions, and advice on topics related to mental illness and suicide.  Subscribe to our blog and we look forward to hearing your comments about our posts.

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